Women's Volleyball Moves Past Oswego, 3-1, to finish 9-0 in SUNYAC Play

OSWEGO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior outside hitter Abby May totaled 15 kills while senior outside hitter Grace Cergol added 13 kills and 15 digs to lead the Knights to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19) victory at Oswego in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's volleyball, Saturday.

Geneseo (16-9, 9-0 SUNYAC) finished unbeaten in SUNYAC play for the second-consecutive season. The Knights will host the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinal and Championship matches on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, respectively, with the field to be announced. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Geneseo opened an 11-8 first-set lead, but the Lakers later pulled ahead, 19-18. However, the Knights responded with a 6-1 surge, including a pair of May kills, for a four-point lead en route to the opening victory. 
  • The Knights trailed, 8-7, to start the second set, but a 4-0 run led by two Cergol kills put the visitors on top, 11-8. The lead changed hands five more times down the stretch, before Geneseo broke a 21-21 tie with a 4-1 run to close the set. 
  • Oswego bounced back to take the third, breaking a 14-14 tie with a 7-1 run to build a 21-15 lead that proved decisive. 
  • Geneseo opened the fourth on a 6-2 run before turning a 7-6 lead into a seven-point edge, 15-8, with an 8-2 run. Oswego clawed its way out of an 18-11 hole with an 8-2 run to pull within one, 20-19, but the Knights scored the final five points to seal the victory. 

MATCH NOTES 

  • Senior libero Sam Mendelsohn was credited with a four-set career-high 34 digs. Her 484 digs this fall are the ninth-highest single-season total by a Knight. 
  • Cergol notched her 1,518th career kill to move within 30 of the program record 1,558 totaled by Kate Barth '08. 
  • May became the 13th player in program history to eclipse the 900-kill plateau with 902 to date. 

WHAT'S NEXT

Geneseo heads to Pittsburgh for three matches at Carnegie Mellon next Friday and Saturday (Nov. 1-2) to close the regular season.

The following week, the Knights will play an opponent to be determined in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Schrader Gymnasium. The championship match is slated for 4:00 p.m. the next day.